NAFDAC Arrests Syndicate For Importing Dangerous Bathing Soaps Worth N1billion | #NwokeukwuMascot
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday confirmed the arrest of a syndicate which specialised in importing banned crusader soaps containing mercury into the country.
This was disclosed to newsmen by Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC.
Adeyeye revealed further that the syndicate used forged customs documents to import the product into the country, adding that the importation of the said soap into the country was banned by NAFDAC years ago because it contained mercury.
She was quoted by Nigerian Tribune as saying, “In the course of its regulatory activities, the investigation and enforcement (I&E) Directorate of NAFDAC has discovered a syndicate that specialises in importing banned crusader soaps containing mercury.
“The syndicate used forged customs documents to import the product into the country and further investigation through the ports shows that the banned crusader soap was imported seven times in 2021 alone.
“Each consignment is not less than three containers with 4,500 cartons of the soap.
“These products have found their way into various supermarkets and cosmetic shops with unsuspecting members of the public patronising them.
“Acting on intelligence, our investigation and enforcement team in August 2023 busted a warehouse in Trade Fair Market, which was filled with the banned imported soaps.
”Three trailer-loads of imported crusader medicated soap and mekako soap totaling 4,000 cartons by 12 packs by 12 tablet soap were evacuated from the warehouse, while some suspects were arrested in connection with the case.
“The street value of the evacuated products is approximately one billion Naira.”